In a perfect world, hay and grass would be enough to keep your horse healthy. That’s not always the case though. Supplements are often needed to balance your horse’s diet. Factors like poor quality pasture and intense work can cause a horse to lack essential vitamins and minerals. It’s your responsibility to make sure they get what they need.
Top Horse Supplements on the Market
- Hooves: Usually containing biotin, calcium, copper, zinc, phosphorus, and lysine, these supplements work to improve the quality of your horse’s hooves. They not only strength the hoof wall, but they encourage new growth.
- Joints: There are tons of options when it comes to your horse’s joints. Most contain MSM, Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and Hyaluronic Acid.
- Coat: Nothing like a shiny horse! Ingredients like omega-3 work to improve their coat quality.
- Calming: Some of these address mood imbalances, while others help the horse relax and concentrate. Many add magnesium, chamomile, thiamine, and valerian to your horse’s diet.
- Performance: These supplements support horses that are in intense work. Some will have MSM and wheat germ oil, while others have anti-inflammatory properties to reduce soreness.
- Gastric: Containing antacid, L-glutamines, aloe, and licorice to name a few, these support horses who suffer from gastric ulcers and stress.
- Senior: Some senior supplements are an all-in-one that address their joints, immune system, digestive system, and weight. Make sure to check the label for your elderly horse’s individual concerns.
- Breeding: Mares in their last trimester will often need extra support.
- Electrolytes: Frequently needed for those working intensely, electrolytes encourage water consumption.
- Vitamins & Minerals: It’s important to know your area and what deficiencies you have in the soil. Most formulated grains are enriched with various minerals and vitamins.
It’s best to work with an equine nutritionist to ensure your horse is getting what they need!